The Police to release six-disc Synchronicity box set in July

The Police in 1979
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The Police's 15-million-selling final album, 1983's Synchronicity, is to be reissued in various formats, including a 6-disc Limited Edition Deluxe Boxset containing 55 previously unreleased tracks that includes never-before-heard demos for the album, and unreleased live material from 1983, through UMR/Polydor on July 26.

The new reissue, created with the band’s involvement and endorsement, will also be available as a four-LP vinyl set, a two-CD set, as a double album colored vinyl reissue, a single vinyl picture disc and as a digital box set, available on all digital service providers.

An accompanying 62-page boxset booklet contains extensive new liner notes written by music journalist Jason Draper, detailing the conception and infamous birth of the album, which also features new interviews, rare archive memorabilia and unseen photographs. 

Originally released in 1983, Synchronicity featured the band's smash Number One hit Every Breath You Take (the most played song in radio history) as well as further hits King Of Pain, Wrapped Around Your Finger and Synchronicity II. The album sold over eight million copies in the US, where it was No. 1 for 17 weeks, and was nominated for five Grammy Awards winning three: Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal for the album and Song Of The Year and Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals for Every Breath You Take.

Upon completing of the Synchronicity world tour the band went on hiatus, reuniting in 1986 for three Amnesty International concerts. Following a failed attempt to record a follow-up the band disbanded. They reunited in 2007 for a world tour, but upon completion, they went their separate ways.

The Police

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Jerry Ewing

Writer and broadcaster Jerry Ewing is the Editor of Prog Magazine which he founded for Future Publishing in 2009. He grew up in Sydney and began his writing career in London for Metal Forces magazine in 1989. He has since written for Metal Hammer, Maxim, Vox, Stuff and Bizarre magazines, among others. He created and edited Classic Rock Magazine for Dennis Publishing in 1998 and is the author of a variety of books on both music and sport, including Wonderous Stories; A Journey Through The Landscape Of Progressive Rock.